Sustainable Architecture Presentation

I’ve finally uploaded the slides from the Sustainable Architecture Design presentation that I presented in May at the JAOO conference in Sydney and Brisbane.  The synopsis of the presentation is as follows: Sustainability is not just something that organisations can aim for to be nice or for marketing reasons.  Rather, as governments increasingly aim to put a price on carbon electricity and the price of hardware will increase as the cost of carbon is passed on. It is surprisingly possible to control the amount of resources used through an application’s architecture. A number of approaches are outlined in the presentation … Continue reading Sustainable Architecture Presentation

I’m Back

Well, I’m surpised to see that at least a couple of people are still reading this despite the fact that I haven’t updated this in, like, forever… Since the last time I’ve updated this page I have been very busy with life and with a new role at work that has taken much more than its fair share of time.  I now work as a ‘Delivery Manager’ for Infosys Australia.  This means that I’m responsible for things like people, project governance and a whole pile of things that aren’t related to Architecture.  It’s also lead me to question the relevance … Continue reading I’m Back

I liked it so much I joined the comittee….

…for ASWEC 2007.  I’m the Industry Track Chair for the Australian Software Engineering Conference to be held just after Easter next year.  So, its my job to put together a great program of presentations from the Australian software industry on the wonderful innovations that are being achieved in the realms of design, architecture, testing, methodology, MDA, OO, agents, and so on.  I’l looking for both papers and assistance in reviewing papers.  If the latter sounds like you, let me know.  If you have something interesting to say, start to get your stuff together – submissions will open soon.

My Architecture Journal article is available

The article that I wrote for the Microsoft Architecture Journal is now available. I hope you enjoy it. I’m very proud if it – a lot of work went into it, and I love the way it looks now it is completed. Please let me know what you think.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions or want additional information. 

The Microsoft Event of the Year

My wife and I were lucky enough to attend THE Microsoft Event of the Year on the weekend, and it wasn’t TechEd.  Yes, that’s right – it was the XBOX 360 Waterballoon Challenge.  We had an awsome time, and somehow managed to stay mysteriously dry, even though we were in the thick of it all, looking for trouble.  Odd. Not sure that either of us managed to hit a single person from the other side (we were on the Green Team) and I’m pretty sure that every water balloon managed to get either (a) someone from our team or (b) … Continue reading The Microsoft Event of the Year

ASWEC 2006 – Yay, I got an award!

Well, ASWEC has just finished. This was the Australian Software Engineering Conference. You most likely won’t have heard of it as it is pretty small, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has papers from academia and from industry on software engineering and is vendor-independent. The quality of presentations was very impressive, and they were all engineering, rather than product focussed. I was lucky enough to receive an award for ‘Best Industry Experience Award’ – in other words, best presentation from the 14 presented by people from organisations as opposed to those from universities. The paper was “Large Scale Integration Design … Continue reading ASWEC 2006 – Yay, I got an award!

So Why ‘Yes, But’?

Well, it came from a conversation at the MVP Summit in Redmond Sept 2005. The comment was made that more information is needed for Architects to show how technologies should and shouldn’t be used. This differs from the common marketing-focussed documentation that is generally available. The need is for this kind of ‘Yes, but’ documentation then, but this kind of information is best provided by MVP’s and other ‘external’ people. That therefore is one of the aims of the Blog – to provide the ‘Yes, but’ documentation.